KeRanger ransomware arrives on the Mac, Transmission 2.90 application infected

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Date: Monday, March 7th, 2016, 08:46
Category: News, security, Software

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Ransomware has come to the Mac.

Over the weekend, researcher at Palo Alto Networks stated that ransomeware, which encrypts data on infected machines, then typically asks users to pay ransoms in hard-to-trace digital currencies to get an electronic key so they can retrieve their data, has been found to be targeting the Mac OS X platform in the form of the “KeRanger” malware. The malware first appeared on Friday and seems to be attacking Apple’s Mac computers.

Security experts estimate that ransoms total hundreds of millions of dollars a year from such cyber criminals, who typically target users of Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) Windows operating system.

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Apple launches Twitter account for support services

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Date: Friday, March 4th, 2016, 11:10
Category: News, Software

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Who says social media is only an annoying thing?

Apple’s new support account on Twitter has garnered more than 125,000 since its launch on Thursday. The account has over 2,750 tweets as of writing, meaning that Apple’s support team has responded to nearly 100 customer tweets per hour so far.

Not a bad start out the gate.

Keyhole, which has studied the account, shows that the account has already generated over 124 million impressions, with 44.6% of users viewing the tweets from an iPhone. 77 percent of the account’s followers are male.

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Alfred utility set to hit 3.0, incorporate significant new features

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Date: Friday, March 4th, 2016, 10:21
Category: News, Software

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A nifty program is about to get a heft update.

Alfred, the shortcut and keyword workflow utility for OS X, is about to hit version 3.0.

The new version includes the following fixes and changes:

Workflows:
Workflows have evolved to be much more flexible, allowing you to lay out and connect objects in any way you like. We’ve added object chaining, connection filters, multi-objects selection for moving, copying and pasting, query text processing, and enhancements to many of the existing workflow objects, along with some great new ones too.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be dedicating more posts and videos to introducing these new workflow features, so that you can make the most of them without a single line of code.

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Apple Pay adds 27 banks, credit unions in United States

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Date: Friday, March 4th, 2016, 08:12
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News

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Apple Pay is growing.

Following its launch in China and three million users logging on in just two days, Apple Pay has added another 27 bands and credit unions backing the 1,000+ partners in the U.S.:

1st Community Federal Credit Union

Abacus Federal Savings Bank

Bank of England

BankFirst Financial Services

Bull’s Eye Credit Union

Colfax Banking Company

Columbia Bank Florida

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Apple files formal objection in iPhone unlocking case, guarantees appeal via motion

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Date: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016, 07:12
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security

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Apple is apparently creating a second chance for itself with the iPhone unlocking/San Bernadino shooter case.

The company, following yesterday’s Congressional hearing, filed a formal objection to the court order instructing it to assist the FBI in breaking into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

Apple had previously filed its mandatory response, in which it called for the court to vacate the order. This was a 65-page detailed document setting out the reasons the company believed the order should not have been granted.

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Apple leases former Pepsi bottling plant in Sunnyvale, thought to be working on car project out of this and other buildings

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Date: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016, 08:26
Category: News

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The Apple real estate empire has once again grown.

This time, Apple appears to have leased a 96,000 square foot industrial property that had once served as a Pepsi bottling plant in Sunnyvale, California. News of the lease has just recently surfaced and it is not clear how long Apple has been at the location.

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Husband of San Bernadino shooting survivor takes Apple’s side in iPhone encryption controversy

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, 12:36
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security, Software

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While a recent poll has suggested that the majority of Americans support the FBI and would have Apple decrypt the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c, Apple apparently has the backing of the husband of one of the survivors of the terrorist attack, which left 14 people dead and 22 others seriously injured, after he changed his mind over the case.

Salihin Kondoker, whose wife Anies Kondoker was shot three times in the attack but avoided the main hall after taking a trip to the bathroom, filed a friend of the court brief siding with Apple in its dispute with the FBI. Writing in a letter to Judge Sheri Pym, Kondoker, Kondoker explains how his opinion on the case turned when he delved deeper into the longer term implications of the FBI’s order.

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Judge clears Apple from having to hack iPhone in New York case, could set precedent in San Bernadino controversy

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, 08:10
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security, Software

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This is interesting.

Although it’s not tied to the headline-grabbing San Bernadino case, a federal judge has denied a government motion to force Apple to unlock an iPhone. The ruling could have implications for Apple’s current battle with the FBI over San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook’s iPhone 5c.

In the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Magistrate Judge James Orenstein ruled on Monday that the All Writs Act is being applied overly broadly by the government.

The case concerns an iPhone 5s used by a meth dealer who later pled guilty. Although the iPhone wasn’t running iOS 7 or later and wasn’t encrypted by default, it was felt that Apple could extract the data without needing to break the phone’s passcode.

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Malware, leaked emails, code samples point to HackingTeam’s return on the Mac

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, 07:27
Category: Developer, News, security, Software

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HackingTeam has apparently returned.

A group of researchers has uncovered what appears to be malware from the HackingTeam group. The group had surfaced last July, creating malware-as-a-service software.

Recently, a sample of the group’s work, posted to the Internet, revealed 400 gigabytes worth of the group’s private e-mail and source code.

The sample was uploaded on February 4 to the Google-owned VirusTotal scanning service, which at the time showed it wasn’t detected by any of the major antivirus programs. A technical analysis published Monday morning by SentinelOne security researcher Pedro Vilaça showed that the installer was last updated in October or November, and an embedded encryption key is dated October 16, three months after the HackingTeam compromise.

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Rumor: Apple moves media event to March 21st

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Date: Monday, February 29th, 2016, 08:40
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, Rumor

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The Apple media event you’ve been waiting for will apparently occur on March 21st, not March 15th, as had originally been thought.

The event has been pushed back the better part of a week, albeit the company is expected to introduce the 4-inch iPhone SE, a new 9.7″ iPad and new Apple Watch bands.

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